Colorado Technical University (CTU), a leading provider of campus-based and online higher education, announced today that its Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) program has earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs.

"Colorado Technical University is thrilled to earn accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education," said university dean of nursing, Dr. Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN. "We are proud that our baccalaureate degree program in nursing was determined to meet CCNE standards for quality and integrity."

CCNE assesses and identifies baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing that engage in effective educational practices and operate in accordance with national nursing standards.

The Future of Nursing

Nurses represent the largest segment of the healthcare workforce in the United States with more than 3 million members. The Institute of Medicine stresses the importance of nurses continuing their education and training, and advocates for the percentage of practicing nurses with baccalaureate degrees to increase from 50% to 80% by 2020. 1

"With employment of registered nurses expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022 2 it's critical to ensure that CTU helps meets that growing demand," further remarked Dr. Tarantine. "CTU allows students to apply their real world experiences to a curriculum built around today's healthcare industry standards."

Established in 2008, CTU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is designed for nurses who have completed a registered nursing program and are interested in expanding their knowledge and practice options to further their career in medicine. CTU's nursing program offers its student's affordable, relevant courses led by knowledgeable professionals dedicated to teaching students and enriching nursing curriculum. Our courses are designed to help guide practicing nursing professionals in their efforts to become better prepared to face the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. CTU's program of study is designed to equip today's nurse with the essential tools to manage the care of complex patients across the healthcare continuum in a variety of settings.

"Nurses are consistently challenged to make a difference in the health of individuals and communities - and it's through our healthcare and nursing programs that students are taught the skills they need to pursue success," said Dr. Connie Johnson, CTU provost and chief academic officer. "The CCNE accreditation marks CTU's commitment to quality nursing education, which ultimately benefits our current and future students."

About Colorado Technical University's Nursing Program

CTU's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program simplifies the advancement from RN to BSN and provides a fast, flexible and affordable option for busy nurses in the workforce. The BSN is designed to teach students to navigate real-world challenges and keep pace with emerging healthcare trends. CTU's dedicated nursing program advisors understand nurse priorities and may help them save time and money through the application of the university's credit transfer policy. Learn more at

About Colorado Technical University

Founded in 1965, Colorado Technical University (CTU) provides higher education to connect students to what matters most in reaching their professional goals. CTU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs taught by knowledgeable faculty members who enrich the curriculum with their industry experience and help students prepare for today's challenges and the hard-hitting problems of tomorrow. CTU's personalized, online learning system allows students to control what, where, when and how they learn. Students can also learn and connect on campuses in Aurora and Colorado Springs. With the help of faculty, industry professionals, and more than 85,000 graduates, CTU students can also grow a powerful professional network to use their entire career. Learn more at

Colorado Technical University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at

About the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs. Institutions that receive CCNE accreditation must focus on stimulating and continuously supporting quality improvement in nursing programs, maintain integrity, facilitate and engage in self-assessment, and create an environment of support for life-long learning, among other criteria. 3 Learn more about CCNE and the accreditation process at


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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

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